I usually consider myself a patient person, but for me it's the waiting that's the hardest. I can be patient with people and situations, but when it comes to expecting something to arrive my patience runs out quicker than it should.
Google defines patience as, "The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset."
James 1:2-4 says, "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
When chasing patience we have to look at the trials as gifts to grow our patience, and yes it's easier said than done. When we're going through things it's easy to see the burden and difficulties, but maybe we should step back and look at how strong our patience will be for the next situation.
Patience truly is a virtue. Imagine how different certain situations would have gone had you lacked all patience!
And as I was looking up scriptures on patience I came across Luke 21:19 which says, "By your patience possess your souls."
What an amazing thought from our all knowing God! How many times have you been around someone with zero patience? They get angry, cause disruptions and generally revert to childish tantrums; they are not in possession of their souls.
I want to chase patience so that I can be in possession of my soul. I know I won't be perfect and always keep it together, but as long as I keep chasing it, it can continue to grow and develop.
Pray for patience, look at your trials as blessings and remember that you want to be in possession of your soul. Soon we'll all be able to lay hold of patience.
Next week we'll continue our series on chasing. Which way is your favorite for chasing patience? Let me know on the Facebook page!
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